We’ll start by ending some confusion about epoxy right now. Paint for garage floors is a latex acrylic product. Some paints will have a small percentage of epoxy added to the mix to make it more durable than standard paint, but it is still paint. These are known as epoxy paints or 1-part epoxy paint.
Epoxy is an actual thermosetting resin that is applied as a coating. It is formed when you mix one part epoxide resin with one part polyamine hardener. The hardener acts as a catalyst and is what gives epoxy its strength.
Multi-storey and underground car parks vary greatly in terms of size, shape and stress levels. The spectrum ranges from single-storey underground car parks to vast parking complexes at airports. The requirements for car park coatings are highly diverse, according to the area of use. Customised solutions are required, tailored to the location and condition of the floor surface and the wear to which it is exposed.
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Epoxy garage floors require good floor preparation which is critical for a successful coating. This usually involves some form of either floor grinding, shot blasting or acid etching of the floor to profile the concrete for the epoxy. It’s very critical that it is done right or the epoxy coating will not adhere properly. Patching before the epoxy is applied is required as well.
Quality epoxy floor systems usually involve multiple coats to insure a very tough and resistant coating that will last for years. Many times this will involve an primer which is applied first.
The primer is what binds to the concrete to provide adhesion for the subsequent layers and provide for a higher build. Some primers will also act as a moisture barrier for those cement floors that are somewhat susceptible to moisture vapor that moves up from the soil through the concrete to the surface.
The next coat is the color coat or base coat. This may sometimes be applied without primer depending on the manufacturer’s recommendations. This coat will also receive the application of colored acrylic paint chips to add density and texture if so desired. The final coat is the clear top coat. This is what gives the finish that glossy look and depth that these floors are known for.
One of the toughest and most durable finishes that you can apply to a garage floor today is an epoxy coating. Not only does it protect your garage floor, it can instantly transform your boring or ugly cement into a professional looking floor of beauty and function. And since the garage is fast becoming more than just a place where you park the car, the benefits of garage floor epoxy have quickly made it one of the top today.
Used for both residential and commercial applications, epoxy will give your garage or shop floor that showroom shine that says “look at me”! Depending on which application you choose, you can select from a variety of understated solid colors and hues, to custom colors and blends of color flakes that match your style or even your favorite sports team.
Epoxy Flooring – Versatile and High Quality Coatings
Both residential and business owners can benefit from a high quality solution to address damaged and unattractive floors. Utility rooms, shop rooms and industrial areas frequently rely upon the durability of concrete as a flooring treatment, but they soon realize that concrete is also vulnerable to damage from hostile environments. Fountech offers epoxy flooring solutions which are suitable in a variety of applications to both protect the floor, make it more aesthetically pleasing, and safer for pedestrian traffic.Why Epoxy Flooring Systems Are Beneficial.
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